Title: IBM Pilot Head Office

Year: 1970-1971

Localitation: Portsmouth, UK ( 50° 50.336’, -1° 4.333’ )


  • Financial Times’ Industrial Architecture Award Commendation - IBM (UK) Limited, Greenford
  • Royal Institute of British Architects Commendation - IBM (UK) Limited, Greenford
  • Structural Steel Award Citation - IBM (UK) Limited, Greenford
  • Royal Institute of British Architects Award - Willis Faber and Dumas Ltd, Ipswich
  • R.S. Reynolds Memorial Award - Willis Faber HQ
  • Business and Industry Panel for the Environment Award - Willis Faber and Dumas Ltd, Ipswich.
  • Structural Steel Award - IBM (UK) Limited, Cosham
  • Royal Institute of British Architects Award - IBM (UK) Limited, Cosham.

The building demonstrates’, said the assessors for the 1972 RIBA Award, ‘that architecture can be produced from a tough commercial situation by the exercise of ingenuity and imagination.’ The ‘tough commercial situation’ was the requirement to provide accommodation for between 750 and 1,000 employees within eighteen months at a cost comparable to the cheapest temporary structures. The building was to serve as a temporary head office for IBM while a permanent headquarters was built on an adjoining site. Like many expanding companies at the time, IBM relied on a mixture of permanent and temporary accommodation; in some locations as much as half its office space was in ‘off-the-peg’ structures. The initial brief was simply to research the available systems and propose a site layout. The response, however, was a report that demonstrated that for the same cost IBM could have a custom-designed permanent building that embraced high architectural and environmental standards. The resulting building is a single-storey, deep-plan structure that groups under one roof a wide variety of functions that would traditionally have sprouted a collection of diverse buildings. The convention, current in the 1970s, that the computer should have a separate ‘shrine’ was challenged through the installation of a raised floor on top of the floor-slab, allowing a computer room to be integrated within the office building. With all services located in the roof and wiring carried down hollow steel columns, the interior has been able to respond quickly to growth and change. Initially the building housed offices, computers, amenities and a communications centre. But over the years offices have been reconfigured, the restaurant has been moved and the computer room expanded. Major internal changes have been facilitated by the ability to pop in external doors in lieu of the gasketed glazing panels which otherwise complete the external cladding. The bronze glass reflects the surrounding trees and landscape so that the building merges - almost disappears - into its setting. Although it was expected to be only a stopgap, the building’s ability to respond easily to changing needs has ensured its long-term survival more than thirty years after its completion.

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The Art of Indianism

I was skimming through a few of my mother’s old cotton sarees recently, pieces she’s picked up from different parts of the country over a span of almost 20 years.

I was excitedly gushing over how pretty and unique they were, and that was when it struck me that we hardly see girls/women our generation in these gorgeous traditional ensembles anymore.

We’ve been so strongly influenced by the Zara, Forever21, Mango, etc wave that’s hit our country, that we’ve almost lost our own ethnic style somewhere in that chaos.

 I’m not a fashion extremist. I personally love these brands that I just mentioned. But I also love the gorgeous traditional styles we’ve had around us for centuries. So many colours, such vibrant gorgeous prints, and breathtaking jewellery!

 I immediately feverishly started googling Indian fashion blogs to see if there were bloggers who’d made an attempt to incorporate any ethnic elements into the looks they blog about. Unfortunately, I found no one.

 The Scarlet Window, was hence conceived out of an eager desire to revive our native styles, and fuse it with the new-age trends to created wearable, contemporary Indian looks.

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'Reports emerge of violence in Glasgow’s City Centre tonight as groups unofficially aligned with the ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ sides of the Scottish Independence Referendum continue to taunt each other in the streets.’

ALSO: Pro union skinheads taunt defeated Scots independents

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VINE: No Voters Surrounding Young Girls

ALSO: Lots of chatter about marches over the weekend

ALSO: Lots of anger directed at the BBC for failure to report events

UPDATE: 3 arrests, Scot Flag Ablaze, Reports of Stabbing - The square is currently closed to traffic

ALSO: Tomorrow, the 20th of September 2014, the Orange Order plan to march through Glasgow

Web cam: Glasgow George Square - updates every 20 seconds.

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